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Manuel Ingeland
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It's perfectly clear what their purpose is...but I somehow fail to connect the dead/live sides to the overall theme. This isn't about the resurrection of police apprentices, right?
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Hey Manuel!

the action chips use the terms "Live" and "Dead" instead of say...

"Stored Action -- Ready to Use" and "Used action -- Deactivated"

(Or something like that)

We thought those terms (live/dead) were nice because they are short and simple. In fact we really like that they were both exactly 4 letters long.

The theme ties in a bit with them terms also.

Thanks!

Karl

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Manuel Ingeland
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Sure, I get that.

Just can't see it "plot-wise".
The detectives may save actions for later use. Now, something is "alive". It's gonna die when using it. Hmm..

Something movement/energy-related (a battery, a donut, a phone call, a bus ticket) would have made things more obvious.

Anyway, perhaps I'm the only one...
 
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Didn't notice this thread previously...

magneheeli wrote:

Just can't see it "plot-wise".
The detectives may save actions for later use. Now, something is "alive". It's gonna die when using it. Hmm..


I had the same kind of lack of feeling for the action chips. After some thought, when I taught the game to my girlfriend I called them "leads", as in "open lines of investigation". The detective can spend an action chasing some leads on the investigation (making the lead 'live') and then later he can follow up on a previously-neglected lead to get further in the investigation (perform an action on his turn) which 'kills' the lead (closes that avenue of investigation, it's all investigated out).
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I didn't know that leads can live and die. It's always good to learn more about a second language
Anyway, I'm still not excited about the choice here. Same goes for "building" snitches. I built my daughter. Who'd build a snitch?
The game itself is really meaty and benefits from excellent artwork.
More streamlined terminology would make it be an even better piece of art.
 
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magneheeli wrote:
I didn't know that leads can live and die. It's always good to learn more about a second language


It's not so much that they can live and die as much as they can 'be live' (as in: live TV; a going concern) and 'be dead' (meaning: no longer relevant, active or interesting; not going anywhere).
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yes!

It's a more fun way to say...

"active" / "inactive"

This does not mean that we might not be open to a different naming protocol.

We are open to changes in any number of areas when it comes to SNITCH!

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Common Man Games wrote:

We are open to changes in any number of areas when it comes to SNITCH!


Have you considered re-theming it to be about fashion buying in revolutionary France?
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I had not but I think that IT!!!!

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